Chimney Liner Depot is different from other online chimney liner dealers because we are not just a dealer. Almost every online store you see selling chimney liners is just that, an online store and nothing more. They buy their product from one place and resell and have it shipped to your home at a higher price. Chimney Liner Depot is the manufacturer. We do not just have a website but we also have a factory.
Chimney Liner Depot is in the chimney field because we care about people. We saw that there are so many homes that need chimney repairs. This is why there are thousands of chimney sweeps out there. We also saw we could not repair all the chimneys that needed help. We decided to design a website and train our staff to help the average homeowner save some money and install a chimney liner to make their chimney safe. Chimney Liner Depot is here to help you make sure our family is safe.
When you buy a chimney liner kit, it includes a top plate. These top plates can vary in style and size. It is very important to purchase the size you need. Sometimes you can “make it work” and others times you cannot. So it is best to do your research before purchasing.
Flat Top Plate
Flat top plates are just that, flat. It is designed to sit flat on top of the chimney. These are to be used when you have no terra-cotta flue extending above the crown or when you plan on removing the existing flue. This style of top plates is not designed to sit on top of the flue. The standard size is 13″ x 13″. These are the outside measurements of the top plates. Our flat top plates are also available in 13″ x 18″ and 18″ x 18″. But any size is available upon request.
Terra-Cotta Top Plate
When you have a terra-cotta flue that extends out of the chimney, a terra-cotta top plate is suggested. The top plate will wrap around the sides of the terra-cotta and secure to the outsides of the flue using 4 bolts that are adjusted tight to the flue. Using this top plate is recommended when the terra-cotta is extending above the chimney because many times if you try to break the flue, it may crack the crown. Terra-cotta top plates are available for all common flue sizes.
Deluxe Top Plates
Deluxe top plates come in either flat or terra-cotta style. The only difference is that is has a square chimney cap built in. The cap is hinged on one side that makes it a breeze for cleaning. The deluxe top plates are the best looking top plates on the market.
As you have researched for your purchase of a chimney liner, you have encountered a rigid chimney liner and a flex chimney liner. What chimney liner do you need? Obviously you do not want to spend extra money if it does not bring much of a benefit. We will answer 4 questions. When would you use a Rigid chimney liner? What benefits does it have? When would you use a Flex liner? What benefits does it have?
When would you use a Rigid Chimney Liner?
You would use a rigid chimney liner when you want the BEST. You would also want use rigid when you are using it for a solid burning appliance (wood, coal, pellet) that is your main source of heat. One requirement is that your chimney be straight, free from bends.
What benefits does a Rigid Chimney Liner have?
A rigid chimney liner is strong. You have the peace of mind that you have the best chimney liner on the market inside your chimney protecting you and your family from harmful fumes and a chimney fire that can be contained inside the liner. Also, when you have a wood stove you want the best draft possible with as little creosote build up.
The rigid is a perfectly smooth inner wall. Click HERE to learn how a smooth inner wall benefits you. Rigid chimney liners can take a very aggressive cleaning, which means when you are done cleaning there should be absolutely nothing left in terms of creosote.
When would you use a Flex Chimney Liner?
You would use a flex chimney liner when your chimney has bends in it. The flex is your only option in this case. But there are a few styles of flex liners available. This page will describe the difference between two of them. If you have a gas furnace, this will not create creosote, so a flex liner may be sufficient in your case.
What benefits does a Flex Chimney Liner have?
A Flex chimney liner is light weight and easier to install than rigid. The price is cheaper up front. It will bend around fireplaces and easily connect to a fireplace insert.
Rigid chimney liner is the best. But if for some reason it will not work in your case, seriously consider what style of flex liner you will need. All our chimney liners and components are made from stainless steel. If you can, use rigid chimney liner, it is the way to go.
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Many people see our Flex King and Flex King Pro chimney liners and wonder what chimney liner is best for their application. There is no one answer that fits all. Lets talk about when you would use a Flex King or a Flex King Pro first for a wood stove, then an oil furnace and finally a gas furnace. You can clearly see the differences between the Flex King (on the left) and the smooth inner wall Flex King Pro (on the right).
Flex King Pro for Wood stoves
Generally we will say Flex King Pro is the best liner for wood stoves. This is because it has a smooth inner wall. That smooth wall creates for better draft and less creosote build up. So if you plan on using your wood stove for more than just the occasional fire, the Flex King Liner is what you want. If you are not going to burn your stove regularly, possibly just here and there on weekends, the Flex King will work just fine for you. One thing you need to use, no matter what liner you install for your wood stove, is insulation. Click here to learn why it is required.
So the verdict is if you burn more than here and there, install the Flex King Pro for your wood stove.
Flex King or Flex King Pro for Oil
Oil furnaces can go either way. Sometimes it is recommended to use a Flex King Pro and other times a Flex King. This is mainly determined on how well the furnace burns. Sometimes an oil burner can be sensitive to draft, especially when the chimney is shorter than normal. Sometimes the oil burner does not burn very clean and creates a thick soot in the chimney. This can lead to a blocked chimney. We highly suggest hiring a furnace specialist to clean and adjust the furnace immediately. So if you have no issues with draft, your chimney is plenty tall enough and the furnace burns clean you can use the Flex King chimney liner.
Flex King for Gas Furnaces
The modern gas furnaces burn fairly clean. When there is perfect combustion water is one of the by-products. This is not just any water, it has acids within it. This is no good for masonry chimneys. The masonry will soak in the water and the acids will quickly eat away at the terra cotta flues and the bricks or blocks. To prevent this damage you need to install a Flex King chimney Liner. Some high efficient furnaces have cooler exhaust temperatures so the water condenses quickly inside the chimney. In rare cases the water condenses at such high rates inside a cold chimney, water can be seen leaking out of the bottom of the chimney. If you have this problem, you will need to insulate the chimney liner to keep that water inside the chimney as a steam. This will prevent it from condensing and causing more problems.
If you have further questions, please contact us. We will help you decide what Flex King Liner will be best for you.
You may ask, “Why do you need a chimney liner?”. You may think that your chimney has been there for almost a hundred years and as far as you know it is safe. So why is my chimney sweep telling me I need to install a chimney liner now?
Chimney liners are designed to keep the harmful gases of your furnace or creosote from the stove inside the chimney and keep them from entering your home. Many homes have a chimney with very old technology. They have terra cotta (clay) flue liners. They were designed to work with coal, they still do work for coal. But now very few people burn coal as a main heating source.
Why do you need a chimney liner if you are burning gas, oil or wood?
Today many people burn natural gas and home heating oil. The terra cotta flues were not designed to withstand the acids inside the exhaust. Wood burning stoves create creosote, that when hot, is a flammable liquid. This creosote can be seen in the picture leaking into the home. This is an extremely dangerous chimney. As you can see the flammable creosote is now entering into the home and can easily ignite, catching the home on fire. With gas and oil burning appliances, eventually the terra cotta deteriorates, creating he possibility of the chimney flues falling over inside the chimney. This will creat a blocked chimney, a very dangerous situation for your family.
You need a stainless steel chimney liner, it is what will stand up to the harsh exhaust from a modern furnace and the dangerous creosote from a wood stove.
If your chimney flue is deteriorating your chimney may be dangerous. If you have cracked flue tiles or missing flue tiles your venting system may be allowing dangerous gases to enter your home. What can you do about this? How can you repair a deteriorating chimney without a complete chimney re-build?
You’ve come to the right place for solving your chimney flue problems. Chimney Liner Depot manufactures flexible and rigid chimney flue liners which are designed to reline existing masonry chimneys. Basically a stainless steel chimney flue liner is designed to replace the clay flue tiles in your chimney. Keep in mind a chimney liner is not a chimney system. It’s an insert for your chimney.
We carry a full line of UL Listed flexible and rigid chimney flue liners. Call us today for help with your project. 1-866-941-5112
If you are considering buying a flexible or rigid chimney liner you should know a few things about the metals used in high quality chimney liners. First off, Chimney Liner Depot only sells liners made from the highest quality stainless steel available.
What you want in a chimney liner
For wood burning appliances/stoves 304L stainless steel is all you need. This is most commonly found in rigid chimney liners. Rigid chimney liners also come in 316L which is used for oil and gas applications. High quality flexible chimney liners should be made from 316TI stainless steel. Make sure to remember this, it’s important. Our liners are made from the highest quality stainless steel. Our pricing is also incredibly competitive because our liners are manufactured in-house. We control the production costs and pass the savings on to you.
Do your homework when buying a chimney liner. Make sure you are getting quality stainless steel. There are a lot of bargain brands available online. Your home and family deserve the best. Call us today at 1-866-941-5112 and let us help you get your chimney liner product underway.
When you buy a chimney liner from ChimneyLinerDepot.com you are buying factory direct. Our chimney liners are priced low, but the quality is high. We can afford to sell our chimney liners at the prices we do because we control the production costs. We use the highest quality alloys for our chimney liners.
If you need a chimney liner, don’t waste your time and money searching the internet for a ‘Killer Deal’. Rest assured, if you find a stainless steel chimney liner for a better price than we offer you are most likely getting an inferior product. Remember you get what you pay for. At first glance all chimney liners look the same. But when it comes down to it, our liners are made of the highest quality stainless steel. Our chimney liner kit components are of the highest quality as well. We go the extra mile for the sake of quality.
When you buy a chimney liner from ChimneyLinerDepot.com you are getting a product designed to last a lifetime. If for any reason you should need to file a warranty claim, you can rest easy knowing that it will be a painless process.
Here is a nice video which talks about seasoned firewood. It’s not good to burn wet wood. It will create creosote build-up. Creosote build-up is not good. It can lead to a chimney fire if left unattended. If you have a stainless steel chimney liner in your chimney you still need to clean your wood burning chimney regularly. If you have a corrugated chimney liner the build-up can be more extensive.
Wet wood will burn. It will just burn poorly. It will produce a lot of smoke, and won’t produce as much heat as it should. Many people like to turn dampers down at night so that the fire doesn’t go out while they sleep. This is really a bad idea if you want to keep creosote build-up down.
This year across much of the North East the cold weather/heating season started a little late. Last years heating season was also relatively mild. This caused many homeowners to use their heating systems a lot less. This meant them believing that they did not need to have their chimneys serviced.
Despite how much you use your chimney during a season, you should have it inspected/cleaned yearly. Over the summer months many different things can happen.
You may have decided this year to install a wood burning insert or pellet stove as many homeowners have. Did you know that you are required by the manufactures and national codes to install a chimney liner with each wood burning insert, no matter what condition your chimney is in.
Chimney Liner Depot has the best selection of chimney liners on the market. Call us today to speak with a technician who can help you with your chimney liner installation.